They were, by almost any measure, an extraordinary group of women. Led by Mother Mary Odilia Berger, the five German nuns arrived in St. Louis on November 16, 1872, in search of religious freedom and with a mission to do God’s work. When they arrived, they had just $5 among them, their faith, compassion and dedication that ultimately would become SSM Health. Watch the Our Heritage of Healing video.
In 2002, SSM Health Care became the first health care organization in the country to receive the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest award for quality. Today SSM Health operates in four states - Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma. With more than 35,000 employees, SSM Health consists of 20 hospitals, various outpatient sites, physician offices, nursing homes, home care, hospice, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance plan, telehealth and a technology company. In 2011, William P. Thompson succeeded Sister Mary Jean as president/CEO.
In November 2014, SSM Health Care began unifying all of its hospitals and health care services under one name: SSM Health.
The move to SSM Health reflects the organization’s commitment to an exceptional patient experience. That means delivering high-quality health care that is affordable, sustainable and convenient to every patient. Over the next few years, SSM Health will integrate its new name, look and promise into all of its locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.